Workshops, recovery, pumpkins and more
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
• Collecting: As young collectors, David and Barbara Stahl sought advice from the Currier Museum of Art’s then director, Charles Buckley, in the 1950s and ’60s. The resulting gathering of American 20th-century prints and drawings, early prints from old master print-makers, plus work by German Expressionist artists and others will be at the Currier from Sept. 26 through Jan. 3. This special exhibit, “Evolution of a Shared Vision: The David and Barbara Stahl Collection,” showcases the collection assembled over 50 years by these New Hampshire residents.
David Stahl and associate curator Kurt Sundstrom give a talk Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. Currier admission costs $10 for adults and is free for those 18 and under (150 Ash St., Manchester, currier.org, 669-6144).
• Learning: Nearby at the Currier Art Center (180 Pearl St., Manchester, 669-6144, ext. 122), fall classes and workshops for children through adults run Sept. 28 through Dec. 12. Weekly studio-based courses often focus on specific disciplines or themes. Art Foundations classes are available for ages 2 through 10. ArtVentures weekly classes for ages 11 through 15 include “American Posters for Preteens,” ($220). Art School, for age 15 through adult, includes “Expressive Painting” ($220). Pick up a catalog at the Art Center or visit currier.org.
• More learning: The Kimball-Jenkins School of Art (266 North Main St. in Concord, 255-3932, kimballjenkins.com) starts fall sessions at its community art school Sept. 19, with some sessions starting in October, for adults, children, teens and homeschool students.
• A journey: Share music, spoken word poetry and visual artwork inspired by the journey toward recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions at “Inspired Recovery.” It’s at 1000 Elm St. in Manchester, Friday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 9 p.m. E-mail InspiredRecovery@gmail.com or call Andrew Messinger, Manchester Office of Youth Services, VISTA, at 624-6470 ext. 109.
• Ready, set, go: Set to launch Sept. 24, the ArtSpider.net hub or Web portal is “not going to try to reproduce Facebook, but essentially [it will] have a very complex Rolodex that’s easy to use,” Larry Graykin told The Hippo in March. The New Hampshire venture is supposed to make it easier for visual and performing artists, venue owners and the like statewide to connect. ArtSpider has been hard at work over the past few months holding meetings and visiting arts events to get the word out and gather feedback. Learn more at artspidernh.blogspot.com.
• Creative support: Building your own brand with social media is the topic for New Hampshire Creative Club’s first meeting of the season. Learn about “The Three A’s of Social Media Branding: Ability, Affability and Availability” from Bob Cargill on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m., at Image 4 Concepts, 7 Perimeter Road in Manchester (644-0077). Visit nhcreativeclub.org to RSVP or call 382-5530 — members and students pay $5, and nonmembers pay $15.
• Cat people: Apparently, an alley connecting Elm and Franklin streets in Manchester was once known as Cat Alley. Artists can compete for cash prizes and a commission to put their work on the alley walls (Dean Avenue) in the Cat Alley contest from Anagnost Companies, Kas-Bar Realty, the Palace Theatre and Intown Manchester. Concept drawings for murals evoking cats engaged in “various professions, evoking the lives of people who work in Manchester” are due to Intown, 889 Elm St., by Oct. 3. Contact Intown at 645-6285 or see intownmanchester.com for details.
• At UNH-Manch this semester: Watercolors by Bill Childs, Becky Darling, Ethel Hills and Fran Mallon make up “Watercolor Delight,” an exhibit at UNH Manchester in collaboration with the New Hampshire Art Association. Meet the artists at a reception Thursday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 6 p.m., on the second floor, 400 Commercial St. (www.unhm.unh.edu, 641-4306).
Nearby on the fourth floor of 286 Commercial St., the UNH Center for Graduate & Professional Studies hosts more NHAA work — NHAA’s own gallery is in Portsmouth — in “New Hampshire Art Association: A Regional Presentation” through Jan. 30. Locals participating include Glenna Evans and Claudia Michael of Manchester and Patty Schappler and Sally Newman of Bedford. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 641-4313 for more.
• Pumpkin logos: Mike Hohenadal of Bow created the 20th-anniversary logo for the Milford Pumpkin Festival, which runs Oct. 9 through Oct. 11 in downtown Milford (call 672-4567 or see milfordpumpkinfestival.org for details). Hohenadal, owner of Shortstuff Ink graphic design, won a 2007 logo contest for the festival.